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Community Health Worker

Advocating for Patients and Coordinating Healthcare Resources

This one-semester certificate prepares individuals to coordinate resources, provide social support and informal counseling, advocate for individuals and community health needs.

The community health worker works with individual residents in community settings.

About the Program

 

Community Health Worker - Certificate

CHW student

Study from home with full access to OJC faculty for support.
Scholarships and Financial Aid available for those who qualify.

All of the program-specific courses are delivered in an online format. A 3-credit, 135 hour internship is required, consisting of 120 hours of field work and a 15 hours seminar. Internship requirements including criminal background check, drug screen, and CPR certification..

Employment opportunities are expected to grow nationally as a result of changes in health care. Preparation includes information and hands-on training in those skills needed to carry out this work, including written and verbal communication, ethics, interpersonal skills, problem-solving, human growth & development, barriers to health, basic health problems, community resources, cultural competency, end of life care, work habits and organization.

Career Opportunities

  • Community Health Worker
  • Health Educator
  • Medical and Health Services Manager
  • Social and Community Service Manager
  • Medical Records and Health Information Technician
  • Community and Social Services Specialist
  • Healthcare Support Worker

STARTING SALARY RANGE = $25,000—$40,000

 

Admission Procedure 

OJC Community Health Worker - Health Navigator Otero Junior College Students:
Apply for general college admission to Otero Junior College.

All general education courses will be completed on the OJC campus with all program-specific courses completed online.

LCC Community Health Worker - Health Navigator Lamar Community College Students:
Apply for general college admission to Lamar Community College and Otero Junior College.

All general education courses will be completed on the Lamar Community College campus with all program-specific courses completed online.

TSC Community Health Worker - Health Navigator Trinidad State Junior College Students:
Apply for general college admission to Trinidad State Junior College and Otero Junior College.

All general education courses will be completed on the Trinidad State Junior College campus with all program-specific courses completed online.


In addition, the student is required to:

  1. Be a graduate of an accredited high school or equivalent.
  2. Complete a background check and drug screen:
    1. Practicum facilities require students to complete a drug screen prior to participating in field experience. This will be arranged through the college. Please plan to follow the procedures promptly when notified.
    2. Students are required to take and pass the background check available at this web site address: cccs.castlebranch.com/.

Note: The the background check fee is $80.20 and is the responsibility of the students and is in addition to the cost of tuition and fees. The drug screening test will be done randomly on campus. 

CHW Work with Patients

This program is sponsored by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment through the Cancer, Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Disease (CCPD) Grants Program.

This program was established by Southeast Health Group and Funding Opportunity Number CMS-1C1-12-0001 from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation.  The contents of this website are solely the responsibility of the authors and to not necessarily represent the official views of funders or any of its agencies.

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